Learning Community via Zoom (Oct 18, 2023)

Learning Community via Zoom on Oct 18, at 7pm. ASL and CC available. RSVP or for more info at https://picofdel.org/event/early-hearing-detection-intervention-ehdi-learning-community

About this online Learning Community event:
To learn a language—be it aural or sign—children must have exposure to language that is rich in quantity and quality. Language nutrition emphasizes the importance of parents, other family members, and educators to talk, interact, read, and engage with their children. This is important for all children, but it is critical for children who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Register via https://picofdel.org/event/early-hearing-detection-intervention-ehdi-learning-community

Learning Community Flyer – October 18 2023


In A First, Deaf Lawyer Argues Supreme Court Case In Sign Language (India)

Deaf lawyer Sara Sunny argued a case using an interpreter in the Supreme Court

New Delhi:

The Supreme Court for the first time heard a case argued by a deaf lawyer via an interpreter using sign language.

The control room that managed virtual proceedings had declined to give screen space to Sara Sunny. Soon, her interpreter Saurabh Roy Choudhary appeared on the screen when the turn for their hearing came and Mr Choudhary started his arguments before Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud, reading from the sign language that Ms Sunny gave.

Chief Justice Chandrachud then instructed the control room and the interpreter to give screen space to Ms Sunny. After this, both appeared on the screen and made their arguments before the Supreme Court.

Ms Sunny’s appearance was arranged by advocate-on-record Sanchita Ain.

Chief Justice Chandrachud has been calling for ensuring equal access to justice. Last year, he ordered a detailed accessibility audit of the Supreme Court complex to make the justice system more accessible and to understand the challenges faced by differently abled people when they come to the court.

Read on at https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/in-a-first-deaf-lawyer-sara-sunny-argues-supreme-court-case-in-sign-language-4421944


Great British Bake Off makes history as they cast first deaf contestant

Great British Bake Off make history as they cast first deaf contestant (Image: CHANNEL 4)

Great British Bake Off will see it’s first deaf contestant take part in this year’s competition with hopes of getting the iconic Paul Hollywood handshake.

Bake Off judges Prue Leith and Paul are learning sign language to pass on their critiques – as one of this year’s contestants is deaf.

It is the first time the amateur version of the popular Channel 4 show has had a deaf baker. But there have been mixed results as judges rise to the communication challenge.

Filming on the latest series began last month and producers are determined the unnamed contestant does not feel isolated.

Read on at https://www.express.co.uk/showbiz/tv-radio/1796555/Great-British-Bake-Off-2023-deaf-contestant?fbclid=IwAR3t5gODaOkiiFHpHHmRU5A-MO9HO_JaHJ_Q16irjBR-1b-Xr_rmr3m6PS0


SDFF Film Submissions due by Oct. 31, 2023

SDFF Film submissions begin now till Oct 31, 2023, see links for more details

Submit your film for SDFF 2024!

Calling all Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, and Hard of hearing filmmakers. We want you!! Whether you’re a returning creative or looking to bring your project to the screen for the first time, all levels are welcome. Monetary awards will be available for each genre winner: Documentary, Drama, Thriller/Action, Comedy, and Other.
*There is no limit to the number of submissions per filmmaker.
Navigate to the link in our bio to see the rules, terms, and submission details.
The submission link is open now and closes Oct. 31st.
Submit your film by Oct 31, 2023: filmfreeway.com/seattledeaffilmfestival

Source: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=651510296912909&extid=NS-UNK-UNK-UNK-AN_GK0T-GK1C&mibextid=2Rb1fB&ref=sharing


Running Wild Recap: Deaf Actor Troy Kotsur Goes Over a Cliff with Bear Grylls

Troy Kotsur and Bear Grylls on Running Wild, courtesy of the National Geographic

Troy Kotsur is ready for Bear Grylls to teach him what it takes to face off with nature as the two embark on an adventure in the Scottish Highlands on this week’s Running Wild with Bear Grylls: The Challenge (Sundays on National Geographic at 9/8c). Both Troy, the first deaf man in history to win an Academy Award, and Bear, a veteran survivalist, must learn how to communicate with each other during their time together. 

“Taking a guest into the wild that can’t hear is a first for me, and it’s going to be challenging for both of us,” Bear says as he helicopters to meet the Coda star.

Troy, using sign language, likens the experience to his early days in acting. “I really struggled in show business, and it really felt like I had to survive,” he explains. “I really have to remember what it’s like to go through a tough experience again. And maybe that’s why I’m here.”

Troy admits he’s curious how he and Bear are going to communicate and get along while out in the wild. “We’ll have to see what happens,” the actor signs, joking he’ll make their interpreter face the challenges first to “see if he survives” and then follow behind.

Read on at https://outdoors.com/running-wild-recap-actor-troy-kotsur


Judge: Deaf Jersey City man deserves partial damages for discrimination at municipal court

Ryan Cuevas and the Jersey City Municipal Court. Inset photo via Facebook.

Ryan Cuevas, through his attorney Andrew Rozynski, alleged in a federal lawsuit that the municipal court violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination by failing to provide him a sign language interpreter in a timely fashion.

In short, Cuecas claimed that he received a parking ticket on August 22, 2019 and was informed in January his license would be suspended for failing to present proof of liability insurance.

“Just days before that hearing, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission informed Plaintiff in a letter dated January 17, 2020, that it was suspending his registration and driving privileges because of a separate infraction—his failure to present proof of liability insurance,” Wigenton wrote in her 21-page decision.

“Although Plaintiff promptly resolved the liability-insurance issue, the NJMVC refused to reinstate his driving privileges until JCMC adjudicated the Ticket.”

According to the suit, Jersey City Municipal Court only offers an “interpreter day” on the first Wednesday of each month, and while he was initially scheduled to be heard on January 22, 2020, a sign language interpreter wasn’t available until August 5, 2020.

Read on at https://hudsoncountyview.com/judge-deaf-jersey-city-man-deserves-partial-damages-for-discrimination-at-municipal-court/?fbclid=IwAR2VIfiy9XOoiS51sKfMK1Mz2zfkRUlBmaB4Rjq6ybZSrRT23p0L7fmT6Co


Medical students experience a different sort of challenge at ‘Deaf Strong Hospital’

Yellow sign in background says 'No Voice' as 2 people in yellow shirts check in a patient as part of the program.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Medical students at Strong Memorial Hospital got a one-of-a-kind experience Friday.

The hospital hosted its ‘Deaf Strong Hospital’ event for the first time since 2019. It brings hearing and deaf people together to illustrate to students what deaf individuals, people with hearing loss, or any people who don’t speak English go through when navigating health care systems.

How do they do it? They staff the hospital with members of the deaf community and have hearing individuals who have limited to no knowledge of sign language try and get through an appointment.

“For example, when you go into a waiting room and a deaf person is waiting, they’re constantly watching to see that they’re not missing the person reading their name verbally, since they can’t hear,” National Center for Deaf Health Research’s Kelly Matthews said. “So, they’re trying to read the person’s lips and are constantly watching. So here, [students] watching and waiting for their names to be fingerspelled. So, this is the first time they’re experiencing not knowing when their name is actually being called.”

Students also received a lecture about deaf culture and health care disparities. Officials with the hospital say the combination of the lecture and the simulation give students a good idea of the challenges deaf individuals go through.

Source: https://www.rochesterfirst.com/news/education/medical-students-experience-a-different-sort-of-challenge-at-deaf-strong-hospital/?fbclid=IwAR2zM_cc_SqShQLyj2TAoABmnGaPuaXlkIgd7cUciGA3JBg8Eysb0oTyH-E